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Idaho schools to use more healthy foods

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BOISE, Idaho. - The state Department of Education says school lunches in Idaho will feature more fruits, vegetables and foods with whole grains starting this fall.

Also, the culprits of unhealthy meals, salt shakers, sugar packets and deep-fried foods, will be discontinued.

Last year, the agency worked with food service professionals and dietitians statewide to develop more than a dozen new nutrition standards for school meals.

The rules are based on the most recent federal dietary guidelines and require Idaho schools to limit foods high in fat, sodium and sugar while incorporating more healthy items, such as low-fat milk.

Public schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program will implement the new standards this fall.

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